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The definitions below refer to Adaptation to Climate Change.


European Definitions

RESIN project

The RESIN project [1] gives the following definition:

Drivers are aspects which change a given system. They can be short term, but are mainly long term. Changes in both the climate system and socioeconomic processes including adaptation and mitigation are drivers of hazards, exposure, and vulnerability. Drivers can, thus, be climatic or non-climatic. Climatic drivers include: warming trend, drying trend, extreme temperature, extreme precipitation, precipitation, snow cover, damaging cyclone, sea level, ocean acidification, carbon dioxide fertilisation. Non-climatic drivers include land use change, migration, population and demographic change, economic development.[2]

Discussion Topic

In the RESIN project, we will refer to drivers as climatic drivers and non-climatic drivers as Stressors.

See also


  2. IPCC, 2014: Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., V.R. Barros, D.J. Dokken, K.J. Mach, M.D. Mastrandrea, T.E. Bilir, M. Chatterjee, K.L. Ebi, Y.O. Estrada, R.C. Genova, B. Girma, E.S. Kissel, A.N. Levy, S. MacCracken, P.R. Mastrandrea, and L.L. White (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, pp. 1-32.